Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 25--Faith, Not Fear: PATIENCE

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Welcome to Day 25 of our Bible based, Christ focused devotional.

Purpose: With so many people suffering during these tough economic times, I wanted to create a daily devotional which would promote faith in God as a solution to overcoming anger and fear.
Each devotional will provide a daily passage of Scripture for you to reflect on throughout the day. In addition, an “Action Item” will assign a daily, simple task to help you address your fears with faith and move forward with God's plans for you.
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Steve Kendall


As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12  (New International Version- NIV)

OPENING PRAYER:                          
In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, ask God to help you to exercise patience, especially with people and situations that are beyond your control.
After watching so many political ads and interviews this election season, with folks complaining about the state of the economy and anger over the slow recovery, I thought, “What happened to patience?”

It took years for the economy to go bad, thanks to the sins of a lot of us, me included. Worldwide, folks were greedy. We spent more than we had and now wonder why it’s taking so long for things to get better.

Impatience is a key ingredient in the erosion of your faith. 

Impatience shows a lack of faith in God’s timing. 

If we would simply remain patient, while we wait in faith for God’s will to prevail, our world would be in much better condition.

This is perhaps the shortest devotion I’ve written thus far. I pray before writing each devotion, and ask God for His will to be manifested in what I write. 

Well, God certainly knows what He’s doing because He provided me with just enough to write about to keep this entry short, so as to not task the reader’s patience. :  )
Each day this week, try to demonstrate patience in a public place. For example, if you’re in traffic, allow someone to perhaps merge in front of you. If you’re waiting in line, or for an appointment, insist that someone standing behind you take your turn.

Look for more ways to demonstrate patience to others. You’ll not only bless someone by exercising public acts of patience, you may influence them to follow your example.

Until tomorrow, have a blessed day!
CLOSING PRAYER: For the remainder of our devotions, please pray about whatever the Lord places in your heart and mind. I also ask that you pray for me as well. I pray daily for everyone who comes in contact with these devotions and feel blessed as a result.
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